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Savage Grace

Theatrical release poster
Directed by Tom Kalin
Produced by Pamela Koffler
Written by Howard A. Rodman
Natalie Robins
Steven M.L. Aronson
Starring Julianne Moore
Stephen Dillane
Eddie Redmayne
Hugh Dancy
Music by Fernando Velázquez
Cinematography Juan Miguel Azpiroz
Editing by John F. Lyons
Distributed by IFC Films
Release date(s) September 20, 2007 (Singapore)
Running time 96 min
Country Spain
United States
Language English

Savage Grace is a 2007 film starring Julianne Moore, Stephen Dillane, Eddie Redmayne, Hugh Dancy, and Elena Anaya. The film is directed by Tom Kalin and written by Howard Rodman, based on the book Savage Grace by Natalie Robins and Steven M. L. Aronson. The story is based on the true story of the dysfunctional, incestuous relationship between heiress Barbara Daly Baekeland and her son Antony.

It was an official selection at the London Film Festival, Sundance Film Festival and the Cannes Film Festival.


Critical reception

Critics gave Savage Grace mixed reviews. As of May 30, 2008, the review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported that 44 percent of critics gave the film positive reviews, based on 32 reviews — with the consensus that "though visually compelling, the lamentable characters in Savage Grace make for difficult viewing."[1] Metacritic reported the film had an average score of 53 out of 100, based on 10 reviews.[2]

The Guardian gave the film 4 out of 5 stars, describing it as "a gripping, coldly brilliant and tremendously acted movie."[3]

It was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.[4]

Sam Green

Barbara Baekeland's former lover, Sam Green, wrote an article pointing out elements in the film possibly misleading for those trying to read back to the reality inspiring it. Referring in particular to the scene of Barbara, her son Antony, and Sam having a ménage à trois, he wrote, "it is true that almost 40 years ago I did have an affair with Barbara, but I certainly never slept with her son, and nor did she, to the best of my knowledge. Nor am I bisexual... She started telling people she had had an incestuous relationship with her son as a way of 'curing' him of homosexuality...But I don't believe she had sex with Tony. I think she simply enjoyed shocking people."[5]


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